Pentagon lawyers believe that online whistleblower group WikiLeaks acted illegally in disclosing thousands of classified Afghanistan war reports and other material, and federal prosecutors are exploring possible criminal charges, officials familiar with the matter said.
A joint investigation by the Army and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still in its early stages and it is unclear what course the Department of Justice will decide to take, according to a U.S. law-enforcement official.
He said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had not been identified by the FBI as a target of the probe.
WikiLeaks in late July posted on its website some 76,000 classified military documents, the largest such disclosure since the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. It has promised to publish another 15,000 documents from the cache it obtained. The disclosure infuriated the Pentagon, which warned that the release could endanger allies in Afghanistan and undercut the war effort.
On this site is Sen. Daniel Inouye’s (D-HI) “ambush” of former Nixon administration official John Erlichmann during the Watergate hearings re the Ellsberg “Pentagon Papers” case. (Inouye is still in the Senate.) At the time the left heralded the release of these papers–which detailed the US’ growing involvement in the Vietnam War–as a great thing.
Now that the left is in the driver’s seat things are different…but that’s what you get when you do things that go against your core principles. Barack Obama has no business pursuing a war in Afghanistan, let alone going after Wikileaks.